"BlackBox: a new shipping company from the creators of Cards Against Humanity"
Isn't that just a bit more descriptive?
So someone breaks the rules to provide a less descriptive title. Must be the silly season on HN.
I don't think we can rely on the author always choosing a descriptive title.
Damn, Blackbox is a excellently generic name. Had a heart attack seeing this on the front page. Blackbox should use Blackbox for shipping.
Obviously publishers and bloodsucking middlemen are more or less synonymous in this sentence. I'm on the board of a publishing company and have also worked as an agent (a true bloodsucker).
1. In a practical sense it is easy to see publishers and agents as bloodsucking middlemen. Once you've actually worked with lots of creators and artists what you learn is that there'a very good reason for the middlemen. Artists do not generally wish to have too much to be doing with their public - especially not in a commercial sense. In the end of the day Publishers and Agents give writers the thing they really need most: faith. It sounds like corny bull - hell it is corny bull...but it's also incredibly important.
2. I remember reading a great article about Fintech startups trying to "cut out the middleman" and it had a great observation in it: the middleman is there because the two parties don't trust each other - not because they're stupid. I always think of that when I hear people trying this approach.
Ignoring for a moment that the "bloodsucking middleman" of today were the hot new shit in their time, what other than innocent looking gifs do we have in way of them not becoming bloodsuckers themselves, once or if they reach a position with that kind of pricing power? It's easy to act all nice when you don't have a choice anyway...
Also, the company shipping the product from the producer to the customer seems pretty "in the middle" to me, no matter their size or political ideas.
Not saying they all feel this way, but it looks to me like Blackbox knows their audience.
Honestly though, the experience is way better this way.
Not to be confused with "blackbox.com", which sells networking accessories.
> Oh, it's team chat. There are lots of companies which do that, including HipChat and Campfire. The site seems to be addressed to people who don't know that. Nice UI, though.
> Not to be confused with "slackware.com", which is a Linux distribution.
>"After fighting through FedEx's rigorous claim process they declared that the package is not valuable beyond the cost of the paper it took to create this handcrafted, original artwork," Scofield and Shuey wrote. "Even though the package was insured, they aren't willing to pay the full $6,000 it cost to create the intricate set and are only covering the cost of the materials."
The problem is that $6000 is just an arbitrary price made up by a single person. There's nothing stopping me from drawing a stick figure, saying I charge $1 million for the labor that goes into this drawing, shipping+insuring it for a ton of money, then attempting to convince FedEx it was damaged during shipping to claim my money.
Additionally, FedEx did tremendously more than just pay for the materials. A piece of Tyvek like that costs a few dollars, they paid out $1000 for it.
"Artists own the relationship with their customers and can talk to them whenever and however they want. That relationship works best without bloodsucking businessmen in the middle."
I wonder if if could be done two orders of magnitude smaller with old-school 8-bit demoscene colour palette cycling? That's clearly the aesthetic they're referencing... I bet some early '90's graphics hacker could have made that in 4096 bytes ;-) (probably not - certainly not at the full 700+ x 500+ resolution...)
Maybe it would work if you can color cycle a gif, and keep the animated parts solid colors and cycle the background.
I've personally shipped 1,000+ gifts for Kickstarter backers, I'd suggest using Easypost.com unless you really need a warehouse. It's super cheap.
When I had to [ivou epxo nz ifbeqipoft] I knew this game meant business :)
I helped beta test blackbox, was really fun and the developer was fun to work with for the few pieces of feedback I had.
Thank _you_ for the help Cogito! FYI: New beta is going out soon ;)
I'm on Stage 3 of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kübler-Ross_model right now, pleading with the stupid lights to respond.
Seriously, this game is fantastic and frustrating. Good job.
Any timeline on an android port?
3x9 === 1 mod 26, so I think you are right in saying it was encoded with ROT01.
The decoding is ROT25 == -ROT01, which is what I was thinking about. It's fun to be pedantic but it's better when you're right...
Tell me a story.
More specifically, use a hypothetical story to provide context and an example of why the hell I'm reading your page. This is the explanatory copy on this page:
Our mission is to help you sell and ship stuff directly to your fans for a
fraction of the cost and effort of doing it yourself. Blackbox works like a
co-op: if we all go in together, we get the cheapest pricing, the fastest
shipping, and the best service. The shipping is fast. We pay your sales tax.
You can customize the packaging and the inserts. It’s pretty great.
At the end of this, I still am confused about what you do. What would help is a hypothetical use case and narative, and to demonstrate that, I'll invent one:
Let's say you're running a Kickstarter. You're a domain expert who's built
something awesome, and you've even successfully kickstarted a project to
build what you love. Now though, after having built all these gizmos you
need to ship those to your backers, and this is something you're NOT an
expert in. Looking in to shipping, you see it's going to involve
complicated contracts and procedures to ship your gizmo at any scale, and
at a cost that FAR exceeds your back of the envelope calculation of price
and effort. You wish there where some simple shipping service where you only worry about the packaging, and they handle picking up from the manufacturer, storage, and shipping; a service with
straightforward pricing, and customer service oriented at helping someone
with your needs and your scale.
That's where BlackBox comes in. Our mission is to help you sell and ship
stuff directly to your fans for a fraction of the cost and effort of doing
it yourself. Blackbox works like a co-op: if we all go in together, we get
the cheapest pricing, the fastest shipping, and the best service. The
shipping is fast. We pay your sales tax. You can customize the packaging
and the inserts. It’s pretty great.
I don't know if the above story accurately represents what it is that BlackBox provides, but I hope you can see that having a story helps a reader answer the question of "is this helpful or relevant to my situation or goals?".
Also, should there be an epilepsy warning for the header?
Unless you _only_ want to sell stuff inside the US. Then it's okay.
Then I opened the page and saw that gif, and they totally redeemed themselves! Very mesmerizing.
Delivers 2/9-9/9 $43.25
^ that is a much more accurate title
1489167 -> 1489280 -.>
At least pretend to get your realtime data right before posting on HN.
Perhaps they do sent the real number, but it is being cached by the CDN?
Hope they aren't a business. The horrible pixel art from 1980s doesn't help.